Night markets in Phuket are always fun, from the new Chillva Market to the giant Naka Weekend Market or the Sunday Walking Market in Phuket Town, almost everyone loves to browse the incredible array of things you don’t actually need. Phuket night markets are intense, colorful, surprising, fascinating, puzzling, smelly, messy, confusing and overwhelming. But night markets all have one thing in common, they offer a unique glance of the daily life of Thai people, rich, poor or just like you and me.
1. Chillva Market Phuket
Chillva Market Phuket is the latest and definitely the best young night market on the island… Everyone loves those night markets and Thai teenagers more than everyone else, especially this new trend of making use of old containers! Every town in Thailand seem to have a surprising amount of those weekend or night chill-out places and they are always packed. (Note that this Chillva Market is not to be mistaken with the new Phuket Floating Market in Kathu few kilometre away which is a big bigger but mostly deserted)…
Open: Container part: Daily from 5pm – 11pm – Closed on Sunday
Full market: Thu – Sat from 5pm – 11pm
Location: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town (Between Tesco Lotus and Phuket Town)
2. Phuket Sunday Street Market
Phuket Walking Street weekend market also called ‘Lard Yai’ by the locals and is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This weekend street market was an instant success wasn’t long to catch up, denoting a need for something to happen in Thalang Road, the historical part of town. Night markets are not new to Phuket Town, the original Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tai Rod) on the outskirt of town near Central Festival has always been a very popular weekend destination but what is on sale over there is not as fun nor creative as the Phuket Walking Street (The weekend market sells a lot of copy tee shirts and cheap jeans).
Open: Sunday 5pm – 9pm
Location: Thalang Road, Phuket Town
3. Phuket Weekend Market
Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market) is the name given by tourists to this overgrown Phuket town night bazaar, while Thai call it ‘Talad Tairod’, which literally means ‘Car Boot Sale’. ‘Naka Market’ seems to be the most popular name lately. ‘Phuket Chatuchak’ is also used, by reference to the giant week-end market in Bangkok. So many names for one single market!
Open: Sat-Sun 4pm – 9pm
Address: Opposite Naka Temple on the outskirt of Phuket town
4. Phuket Indy Market
A fun, young and creative little corner in Phuket Town, the Phuket Indy Market is tucked in a small lane off Dibuk Road, just next to the Limelight Avenue mall and not far from the well known Raya Restaurant.
Open: Wed-Fri 4pm – 10pm
Location: Limelight Avenue, Phuket Town
5. Malin Plaza Patong
Malin Plaza is a relatively new night market at the southern end of Patong Beach that succeeded where other night markets failed because Malin Plaza kept in mind that food is the magnet that makes people come at the first place. It applies to shopping malls just as well.
Open: Daily 2pm – 12 am
Location: Patong beach not far from Duanjitt Resort
6. OTOP Night Market
OTOP (which serves as acronym for ‘One Tambon One Product’ which means One Province, One Product) was originally designed as a local market to promote the handicrafts of each province of Thailand. This nice idea didn’t last very long and today the Patong OTOP market mostly sells a lot of copies, fake stuff and souvenirs you don’t even need. What is more interesting is the food street and the small beer bars in the back.
Open: Daily 10am – late,
Food Street: 5pm till late
Location: Patong beach, Opposite Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters
7. AWA Market
AWA market is the latest night market in Phuket, set in Kathu, just halfway between Phuket Town and Patong Beach. AWA has a lot of very good local food at low prices, a few bars inside recycled containers and a stage with occasional live band. The location of the night market makes it convenient. It is still a very young market but it is already quite popular.
8. Karon Temple Market
The Karon Temple Market only opens twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is so popular that people start to plan their evenings around that event. Night markets have always been popular in Phuket and all over Thailand, but a Temple market sounds so much more exotic. In addition, Karon Beach lacks a little of attractions so the fair is always a welcome breeze of fun.
Open: Every Tuesday and Friday – 4 pm to 10 pm
9. Fun Friday Avenue Market
Fun Friday Avenue Market is a small weekend market popping up every Friday evening at the Boat Avenue on the way to Phuket Laguna. It’s modest in size but fun to visit if you are staying in the Bangtao Beach area. Night markets are part of Thailand life and wherever there is a market, there is a crowd…. and lots of food!
Open: Every Friday – 5 pm to 10 pm
Phuket Walking Street and weekend market is called ‘Lard Yai’ by locals and is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This weekend street market was an instant success, adding a much-needed event to the historical part of town. Every Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm (and often beyond) the once quiet Thalang Road turns itself into a busy street.